July 21, 2015

UMAG, Croatia (AP) Croatia's Borna Coric beat Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-3 in hot and humid conditions on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Croatia Open.

Seventh-seeded Coric felt at home with the weather, converting four out of 11 break points and scoring 35 winners to defeat his Spanish opponent.

''Conditions were very tough, but I like to play when it's like this, when the ball and court is slow, so I have more time,'' Coric said.

He next faces Britain's Aljaz Bedene.

Sixth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany also advanced after saving five break points to beat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-3, 6-2.

Kohlschreiber started slowly and faced two break points before stepping up his game at 3-3 in the first set, and going on to win five games in a row.

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